Live Green in 2015

Small acts we do every day can make a big difference when reducing your environmental impact! Below are a few great tips powered by the Green Sports Alliance that will help you live green whether at home, at work or at school! Click here for more information on green living from the NRDC.

REDUCE

NBA teams save water with efficient practices, get in the game by using water wisely in everyday activities – Here are some easy ways to reduce water use:

  • Run the washing machine only when full.
  • Take a shorter shower and turn off the water while shaving to save a lot of water.
  • Sweep sidewalks and driveways instead of hosing them down (washing a sidewalk or driveway with a hose uses about 50 gallons of water every 5 minutes.)

Reduce your energy use by unplugging seldom-used appliances and save money – Here are some easy ways to reduce energy use:

  • Save money when switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) – CFLs are 80% more efficient, they last 10 times as long, and replacing 6 bulbs can save you an average of $36 per year in energy costs.
  • Did you know your refrigerator typically accounts for up to 20% of your electric bill? Do you have an extra refrigerator in the basement or garage that contains just a few items? You can save around $120 each year on your utility bill by unplugging it.
  • Use power strips to switch off televisions, home theater equipment, and stereos when you're not using them. Even when you think these products are off, together, their "standby" consumption can be equivalent to that of a 100-watt light bulb running continuously.

Join many NBA teams by going electronic to reduce paper waste – Here are some easy ways to reduce paper in your home and office:

  • Don't print out each report, memo or email you receive. Read and delete the ones you don't need to save and electronically file others you might refer to later.
  • Change the default settings on your printer and copier to double-sided.
  • Unsubscribe from unsolicited catalogs and junk mail and choose electronic correspondence whenever possible.

REUSE

Donate to help those in need this NBA Green Week! Donation is a great way to reuse your old sports gear! Donate balls, shoes or jerseys you've grown out of to cut down on your waste and save someone else having to buy new ones.

Reuse your own stainless steel water bottle at every practice and game! Save money, America’s energy resources, and the environment by sticking to a reusable bottle that you can keep refilling.

Reuse durable goods instead of disposable ones to cut waste and save money – Here are some easy everyday ideas:

  • Buy post-workout snacks in bulk to save cash and cut back on packaging waste. Pack yours in reusable containers so you always have snacks ready when you’re on the move.
  • Bring your own cloth bags to stores to avoid disposable bags.
  • Replace plastic and paper cups with ceramic mugs.
  • Refuse unneeded plastic utensils, napkins, and straws when you buy takeout foods.

RECYCLE

The NBA champions recycling, get in the game by making recycling convenient in your home - Put collection bins in various places around your home and office to make recycling convenient. Use different bins that follow your city's recycling policies so you don't have to separate it out later.

DID YOU KNOW?

All NBA Green Week games and All-Star events are powered by 100% renewable energy.
JOIN THE NBA by powering your home with clean, renewable energy. Ask your electric utility about switching to renewable power suppliers such as solar and wind.

Every year during NBA Green Week, the NBA partners with Sprint to encourage fans to recycle their old cell phones responsibly.
JOIN THE NBA by recycling your used electronics responsibly. Check with the e-Stewards Recyclers in your area about recycling your electronic waste at www.e-stewards.org.

If every household in the U.S. replaced just one box of tissues made from trees with 100% recycled ones, we could save 163,000 trees.
JOIN THE NBA in saving resources by choosing paper made a high percentage of post-consumer content.

The NBA and 18 of its teams and arenas have joined the Green Sports Alliance to advance environmental stewardship.

The NBA encourages public transit, walking and biking throughout NBA Green Week and during All-Star events.
JOIN THE NBA in cutting back on air pollution by using alternative transportation, or choose to bike or run to practice to get a good warm-up in early.

Many NBA arenas conserve thousands of gallons of water each season by using water efficient fixtures.
JOIN THE NBA to save water by choosing water efficient fixtures. Install flow restricted aerators in your faucets to save 3-4 gallons per minute every time you turn on the tap, also saving money on your water and energy bills. A typical family of four can save 20,000 gallons of water per year with a low-flow showerhead.

Many NBA teams donate prepared but unsold food to local charities after every game. This helps feed people in need and avoid landfilling valuable food, which can release harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
JOIN THE NBA by reducing food waste in your home. Americans throw out the equivalent of $165 billion each year by wasting 40% of food that they buy. Reducing food losses by just 15% would be enough food to feed over 25 million Americans every year at a time when 1/6 Americans lack a secure supply of food to their tables.

Eight NBA teams have already installed solar panels on their arenas.
JOIN THE NBA by choosing an electric utility that uses renewable power resources.

Many NBA teams use sports lighting that is 50% more energy efficient and cuts energy costs in half.
JOIN THE NBA by switching to energy efficient lightbulbs like CFLs or LEDs. Household CFLs are 80% more efficient than conventional bulbs and last ten times as long. Replacing 6 bulbs can save you an average of $36 per year in electricity costs.

The NBA has engaged fans at All-Star Game events by handing out reusable bags made from post-consumer recycled content.
JOIN THE NBA in cutting waste by bringing a reusable bag to the store when picking up food and drinks for practices or games.

The NBA has promoted electric vehicles and used hybrid buses to shuttle fans to All-Star events.
JOIN THE NBA in cutting pollution by using public transportation or carpooling with friends and teammates to games and practices, you’ll also save on your gas bills.

If every household in the United States replaced just one box of tissues made from trees with 100% recycled tissues, we could save 163,000 trees. The NBA purchases paper products for All-Star events (including invitations, tickets, credentials, office paper, programs, etc.) that include post-consumer recycled content.
JOIN THE NBA in saving resources by choosing paper made with a high percentage of post-consumer content or certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Drying one load of laundry in the dryer produces 3.48 pounds of the greenhouse gas pollutant carbon dioxide.
JOIN THE NBA in saving energy by air drying at least one load of clothes a week on a line in the backyard or on a drying rack indoors.

Up to 50% of the average household’s energy consumption goes to heating and cooling the home.
JOIN THE NBA in saving energy by lowering the thermostat by 10 degrees when no one is home. It will reduce 326 pounds of greenhouse gases from being emitted over the course of the year and save up to $30 on your energy bill.

The U.S. produces 1,609 pounds per person per year, three-quarters of which is organic garbage that can be composted.
JOIN THE NBA in cutting waste by composting just half of your food waste. You could reduce your trash by 603 pounds a year.

Every second, people in the U.S. consume 1,500 plastic water bottles. About 38 billion of them end up in landfills each year—enough to circle the globe 150 times. Those 1,500 bottles take more than 1,580 gallons of water and 99 gallons of oil to make.
JOIN THE NBA in cutting waste and saving energy by recycling every bottle you use.

In the United States, paper bills generate almost 700,000 tons of waste and almost two million tons of greenhouse gases.
JOIN THE NBA in cutting carbon emissions by cutting back on paper waste by switching to e-billing.

There are ways to drive that can dramatically increase fuel efficiency—up to 100 miles per gallon in a hybrid.
JOIN THE NBA in saving energy by breaking less. Anticipate upcoming stops, step off the gas and let your vehicle run out of momentum.

Laundry liquids contain up to 80% water. It costs energy and packaging to bring this water to the consumer.
JOIN THE NBA in saving energy by using concentrated or powder detergents to wash clothes.

If all computers sold in the United States met the EPA’s Energy Star requirements, the energy savings would be about $2 billion each year—the equivalent of taking 3 million vehicles off the road.
JOIN THE NBA in saving energy by choosing an Energy Star rated computer (and other electronics!).

Every year, the United States uses 100 billion plastic bags, which consumes the equivalent of about 12 million barrels of oil.
JOIN THE NBA to save resources by bringing a reusable bag when shopping at the grocery store.

“Vampire” electricity demand from electronics can hog up to 8% of your home’s energy—and that’s when they’re not in use!
JOIN THE NBA in saving energy by plugging all your electronics—TVs, computer games, DVD players, printers, computers, etc.— into power strips and turning them off when not in use.

If you don’t set the energy-saver mode on your computer properly, you could be generating almost a third of a ton of greenhouse gas pollutants annually while your computer sits idle.
JOIN THE NBA in saving energy by setting your computer to hibernate when not in use for five minutes.

Many NBA teams conserve energy by using only Energy Star equipment in their kitchens.
JOIN THE NBA by choosing products with the Energy Star label when buying new appliances or electronics. Energy Star products use 20-40% less energy than standard new products and can save the typical American household about $400 each year in energy bills.

Many NBA teams provide certified organic and locally grown food (within 100 miles of the stadium) to help support sustainable agriculture and reduce their carbon footprint.
JOIN THE NBA by buying food with the USDA Organic label to support farms that don’t feed their animals antibiotics, that preserve natural resources, and that treat animals humanely.

Many NBA teams recycle paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, aluminum, food scraps, grass clippings, cooking oil, lamps and light bulbs and electronic waste.
JOIN THE NBA by recycling and helping to conserve our nation’s valuable natural resources. Participate in your community’s recycling program and put recycling bins around your home to make recycling convenient.

For the latest full list of tips from NRDC that the NBA is distributing to their fans nationwide, encouraging them to save energy and natural resources, save money, and benefit the environment please see the NRDC Greening Advisor for the NBA.